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Dramatic video shows father and son's drive through Montana wildfire

A father and son trip in Montana's Glacier National Park took a turn for the worst in an instant as a raging wildfire ripped through the area.

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Charles Bilton and his son Justin were backcountry camping earlier in August when they got caught in a bad situation. A wildfire had engulfed more than 2,000 acres and was going for more.

The duo was in their car driving through the fire, filming their drive through the flames. 

Justin can be heard on camera saying, "This is insane," as the two tried to stay calm in the car.

"It was pretty intense," Charles Bilton said. "It happened so quickly, and you could see the trees exploding, like fireworks were going off."

In the video, Justin is heard saying that the car was heating up, saying, "It's going to explode" and worrying that the duo wouldn't make it out as they came across a fallen tree on fire.

"I'm getting out!" Bilton said, before the video ends.

Instead of trying to move the tree out of the way, the duo turned around until they reached a campground.

"No cars, no people, I said, 'Jus, this isn't good,'" Bilton said.

There was one boat in the area, with two park workers.

"Those two kids saved us, we got in the boat," Bilton said.

From a distance, the duo then had to watch their rental car burn.

"When we got out, some of the firefighters said, 'We don't know how your fuel lines didn't go up!'" Bilton said. "I guess I have an angel looking over me."

When the Bilton family left, the fire was burning about 2,500 acres. Weeks later, the fire is burning nearly 8,000 acres, and will likely continue to burn until November.

Protesters topple Silent Sam Confederate statue at UNC

The controversial "Silent Sam" statue on the campus of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill has been toppled by protesters.

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More than 300 people gathered at the Peace and Justice Plaza at about 7:30 on Monday evening before marching to the Confederate statue's base and calling for its removal. At 9 p.m., protesters had marched down Franklin Street before returning back to the statue's base. By 9:30 "Silent Sam" was down.

Students, faculty and alumni have called the statue a racist image and asked officials to remove it.

Last month, the school board said a 2015 state law prevented them from removing it from campus.

The statue was given to the university by the United Daughters of the Confederacy in 1909. It was erected in 1913.

“Around 9:20 p.m., a group from among an estimated crowd of 250 protesters brought down the Confederate monument on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill," university officials said in a statement. "Tonight’s actions were dangerous, and we are very fortunate that no one was injured. We are investigating the vandalism and assessing the full extent of the damage.”

Manhunt underway for fugitive accused of threatening to shoot President Donald Trump

Authorities are searching for a Pennsylvania man who allegedly threatened to shoot President Donald Trump and a state district attorney, according to news reports.

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The U.S. Marshals Service is offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Shawn Richard Christy, 27, of McAdoo, Pennsylvania, WCAU TV reported.

Christy was last seen Sunday night in Cumberland, Maryland, driving a stolen vehicle, according to CNN

He is also accused of threatening Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli.

“Keep it up Morganelli. I promise I’ll put a bullet in your head as soon as I put one in the head of President Donald J. Trump,” investigators said Christy posted on Facebook in June.

Investigators have multiple warrants on Christy, including one for burglary, another for probation violation and one for failure to appear in court on an aggravated assault charge, WCAU reported.

>> Trending: Neighbors find 16 dead dogs apparently executed a month after owner was reported for animal cruelty

Law enforcement said Christy has threatened to use “lethal force on any law enforcement officer” he encounters.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Christy is asked to call authorities.

 

Neighbors find 16 dead dogs, apparently executed a month after owner was reported for animal cruelty

When Stephanie Maro heard a Georgia dog owner was recently evicted from his home, her heart was with his pets

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A concerned Maro and her husband went to the Old Sanders Farm Road home to check on the animals only to find 16 dead dogs on the property, the Athens Banner Herald reported. 

Maro immediately called the property owner and the Oglethorpe County Sheriff’s Office, who had warned the dog owner about maltreatment of the dogs just last month, the paper reported. 

The dogs, which appeared to be “executed,” had already decomposed and were damaged by buzzards by the time authorities bagged the carcasses and sent them to the University of Georgia for necropsies, Oglethorpe County sheriff’s Capt. Mike Tyndall told the newspaper. 

According to the sheriff’s office, they did not order the necropsies sooner because they were told the examinations would cost between $8,000 and $12,000, the paper reported. However, arrangements were made for the necropsies to be completed for $500. The Humane Society also assisted in transporting the dogs to UGA. 

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Deputies were first called to the home on July 19 on a report of animal cruelty. 

“He had more than 20 dogs on site,” Tyndall told the paper. “They did need some attention.” The dogs also had issues with worms and fleas.

Tyndall said the owner, who at the time fell on hard times and didn’t have the money for proper care, was “put…on notice” and instructed to give the dogs food and water. The man eventually took the dogs to the veterinarian, the paper reported. When deputies returned to the home, they said the dogs looked to have improved. 

By Aug. 1, the man was evicted by the property owner. According to the paper, a judge granted the dog owner an extension to find homes for the pets. 

“It appeared everything was going well and there was no violations that could be prosecuted,” Oglethorpe County Sheriff David Gabriel told the paper. 

A day later, Maro would find the dogs. 

Since then, authorities have been searching for the owner, whose name has not been released. 

>> Trending: 7 swimmers rescued from dangerous rip currents; 2 dead

No charges have been filed in the case. 

“It depends on the results of the necropsies and a follow up investigation,” Tyndall told the newspaper. “We don’t know his exact whereabouts right now, but we need to talk to him, obviously.” 

Man spends nearly a month in jail for crime he didn’t commit

When Kobe Jones was robbed at gunpoint, he hoped Atlanta police would find those responsible. But instead of being treated like a victim, Jones was arrested and charged with a crime in Clayton County.

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It was a crime he didn’t commit.

Jones, 21, had the same name as the real suspect accused of breaking into a rental home, damaging floors and walls and stealing a power tool. That Kobe Jones was a teenager whose mother had recently been evicted, and he was seen at the townhouse when it was vandalized.

It was a case of mistaken identity that cost one man his job. But it could happen to anyone, according to legal experts. In Georgia, a private citizen can apply for an arrest warrant that only needs a judge’s approval. The homeowner who applied for a warrant against Jones had many details about the alleged crime, but when he did a quick online person search, he found a different Kobe Jones and submitted the wrong date of birth, according to a WSB-TV investigation.

“They said I broke into somebody’s house. I put bleach on the floor. I stole a power screw. I stole a power screw drill,” Jones said. “I cut hair, you know? What am I going to do with a power drill?”

Jones was preparing for his barber exam in December when a Clayton County townhouse was damaged. The property owner, Andy Bloch, called police to report the damage, but was told there was little investigators could do because the suspect was a juvenile.

Bloch then filed a warrant application, but was initially turned away because he didn’t know the suspect’s date of birth, according to WSB-TV. After finding a Kobe Jones in Clayton County by searching online, Bloch submitted that date of birth and a judge signed the warrant.

The wrongly accused Jones had no idea there was a warrant for his arrest until he was robbed at gunpoint in April. When Atlanta police did a routine search on Jones, an outstanding warrant showed up.

He was taken first to the Atlanta jail and then to the jail in Clayton County, where Jones said he considered killing himself because he was so distraught. No one listened when Jones tried to explain he wasn’t a suspect.

“There are a lot of flaws in our system, and this is one that just snagged this kid big-time,” James Studdard, Jones’ attorney, said.

Jones stayed behind bars for three weeks. Just before a court hearing, Studdard asked Bloch to meet him at Jones’ holding cell.

“I don’t see him. He’s not here,” Jones heard Bloch say. “Wrong person.”

Studdard then told the judge about the mistaken identity and Jones was released. The ordeal cost him his job and clients he had worked hard to get, and nearly ruined his relationship with his girlfriend, who at the time of the arrest was pregnant with the couple’s first child. Jones now has his life back on track, but is considering a civil lawsuit.

The real suspect in the vandalizing and theft has not been charged for the alleged crimes.

Atlanta attorney Esther Panitch called Jones’ ordeal a nightmare and said it’s the result of state law that makes it relatively easy to take out warrants.

“I understand there are pros to having citizens accessible to the magistrate court, however, there’s so much abuse that can happen, and we are seeing an example of that right now,” Panitch said. “Though law enforcement has their challenges, they are set up to try to avoid these kinds of errors that citizens can easily make.”

Mentally disabled store employee robbed and kidnapped

Police said a mentally disabled man was kidnapped and robbed in Memphis, Tennessee.

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The victim told police he was working at the Kroger in Midtown when he received a call from Krystal Flowers.

When Flowers asked the victim to come outside, he got in the front passenger’s seat of her vehicle.

That’s when a man in the backseat put a gun to the victim’s side and told him they were going to the bank.

The victim told investigators a man told him to withdraw $700 in cash from his account. He also told police that he thought they would harm him if he didn’t get the money out of the account.

Once he got back to the car, he gave the money to the unknown man in Flowers’ vehicle.

When Flowers drove him back to work, he was told to not call the police.

A bank teller at the bank confirmed the victim withdrew $700 from his account.

The victim identified Flowers in a six-person photographic lineup as the person involved in this robbery.

Flowers admitted to picking the victim up from work. She also said he gave her $500 dollars, but she denies that a robbery took place.

Flowers has been charged with aggravated kidnapping and aggravated robbery. She has a $75,000 bond.

1 in 10 Airbnb hosts in America is a teacher, report finds

new report from Airbnb shows one-tenth of the company’s American hosts are teachers, further highlighting the financial burdens of the industry.

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the National Center for Education Statistics and the National Education Society, the average annual salary for K-12 public school teachers hovers between $45,500 and $58,000, often depending on where you live.

In metro Atlanta, teacher pay averages roughly $55,000. And the state boasts one of the widest pay gaps in the nation.

>> Related: Which Georgia school systems pay teachers the most?

According to Airbnb’s “Celebrating our Community of Teacher Hosts” report, 45,000 teacher hosts in the U.S. earned a total $160 million in 2017, making up nearly one-third of that bundle during the summertime months.

Hosting on Airbnb offered teachers an average $6,500 of supplemental income, according to the report. Hosts said the extra money helped with bills, retirement savings and vacation spending.

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Educators in Wisconsin, Utah and Ohio dominated the report, while city dwellers in New York, Seattle and San Francisco made the highest profits.

Many teachers praised the experience of hosting as a way of meeting people from all over the world and using their teaching skills to share the knowledge.

“But this relationship, even if mutually beneficial, only exists because for so many teachers, their primary career isn’t enough to sustain them,” The Atlantic’s Alia Wong reported.

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According to the NCES, 94 percent of public school teachers in the United States spend their own money on school supplies. 

And even when adjusted for inflation, teachers last year earned less than they did in 1990.

With rising housing and living coasts from coast to coast, it’s hardly surprising teachers are opting for supplemental income streams.

>> Related: 7 reasons teaching in Georgia may be for you

And hosting on Airbnb isn’t the only way teachers have thickened their wallets.

According to the Atlantic, many teachers in recent years have also started driving for rideshare companies during their free time.

Teachers are also five times more likely than the average American full-time employee to have a part-time jobVox reported in April.

>> Related: How to get a job as a substitute teacher in metro Atlanta

Crocodile caught on camera using swim noodle to cross canal

A photo posted to Instagram earlier this month is creating a stir in Key Largo, Florida.

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According to WKRG, Victor F. Perez (@vfpkeys) took a photo of a crocodile apparently crossing a canal using a “pool noodle.” In his comments he said that he took the photo near mile marker 105 of the Overseas Highway, a 113-mile road that connects the Florida Keys.

According to WTVJ, the photo got the attention of the National Weather Service in Key West:

Yes. Yes, that is a crocodile on a noodle. Even they know to #PlayItSafe when heading into the water!

Crocodiles can be found in the waters around the Florida Keys but are considered to be shy and reclusive

Colorado father charged with killing pregnant wife, two daughters, says wife killed children

A Colorado father has been charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of his pregnant wife and two daughters, according to Denver 9 News.

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Chris Watts, 33, was charged Monday with five counts of murder, one each for his wife and two daughters, and two counts for the murder of a victim under 12, according to CBS Denver.

Watts was also charged with one count of unlawful termination of a pregnancy and three counts of tampering with a deceased human body, 9 News reported.

>> Related: Shanann Watts ‘beat all the odds’ to have her children, brother says

Shanann Watts, 34, and her daughters were reported missing on Aug. 13.

The pregnant woman was found in a shallow grave Thursday. Her two daughters, Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3, were found hidden inside oil tanks on the property of Anadarko Petroleum Corp. Their father worked for the oil and gas exploration company.

>> Related: Bodies of 2 missing Colorado girls recovered as father appears in court

Watts, who reportedly confessed to the murders, is jailed without bail, and is expected in court Tuesday where he’ll be formally charged, according to local news reports. 

According to an affidavit released Monday, Watts claimed Shannan Watts strangled the two children and he flew into a rage and strangled her, CBS Denver reported, then he removed the bodies of all three from the home, taking them to the property where he worked.

>> Related: Colorado man who pleaded for return of missing wife, daughters arrested in deaths

Investigators believe the children were killed sometime between Aug. 12 and Aug. 13. Shanann Watts was out of town on a business trip until around 2 a.m. on Monday Aug. 13.

Investigators also revealed they discovered Chris Watts was having an affair with a co-worker, which CBS Denver reported he denied in earlier interviews.

Report: Google to open first flagship retail store in Chicago

Tech giant Google is reportedly planning its first brick-and-mortar retail shop.

The Chicago Tribune reported that, according to unnamed sources, the flagship store is expected to open in Chicago’s Fulton Market District, close to the company’s city headquarters.

Google has finalized the property lease, the Tribune reported, but the company has not yet confirmed plans for long-term shops.

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“We don’t comment on rumor or speculation,” Google spokeswoman Kayla Conti told the Tribune.

The building will reportedly be 14,000 square feet of multiple two-story brick buildings.

Tech experts believe the retail shop would prominently feature the company’s growing bundle of electronic products, including smartphones, home security systems and more.

With the new store, Google would join other tech giants with flagship locations, such as Apple, Amazon and Microsoft.

But if Google cancels its plans, it wouldn’t be the first time. In 2015, Crain’s New York Business reported that the company abandoned plans to open a store in New York.

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